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Capsid bugs can spoil the appearance of plants by giving the foliage a tattered and distorted appearance and causing flower buds to abort.
Common name: Capsid bugsScientific name: Various species, mainly Lygocoris pabulinus and Lygus rugulipennis and apple capsid, Plesiocoris rugicollisPlants affected Many, including apples, beans, Caryopteris, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Dahlia, Forsythia, Fuchsia, Hydrangea, Phygelius, potatoes, roses and SalviaMain symptoms: Leaves develop with many small holes. Flowers may be distorted or absentMost active May-August
Capsid bugs are true bugs, there are many species. Most do not damage garden plants or are predatory. A few are sap-sucking pests that feed at the shoot tips, and on flower buds, of a wide range of herbaceous and woody plants. These include the common green capsid (Lygocoris pabulinus) and the tarnished or bishop bug (Lygus rugulipennis).
Some capsid bugs have a more restricted host range such as the apple capsid (Plesiocoris rugicollis), which feeds on apple and pear and can damage fruits.
Signs of damage appear from May to early September.
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